From 1922, Pissarro regularly visited the Côte d’Azur on his painting trips, drawn to the region’s unique cool light. Toulon, a city along the coast, is known for its sandy beaches, coves and hillsides peppered with olive trees, such as here. Pissarro’s distinctive style was described as a ‘quivering sparkle of gardens seen in the intense sunlight after rain’ and the Artist referred to as an ‘unhesitatingly enthusiastic’ painter (H E Bates, in the foreword to the catalogue for ‘Pointillists and their Period’, Redfern Gallery).
London, Leicester Galleries, ‘Lucien Pissarro’, November 1929, no.3;
Birmingham, Ruskin Gallery, ‘Lucien Pissarro’, May 1930, no.7;
London, Ben Uri Gallery, ’40th Anniversary Exhibition: Selected works by Artists Exhibited over the past 40 years’, June – July 1956, no.107.